Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

June 12, 2013

Sheriffs Association honors Graue with scholarship

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — South Decatur High School graduate Patrick Graue has spent much of his young life dreaming of becoming a police officer.

Wednesday morning at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Patrick’s long-standing hopes got another boost thanks to the Indiana Sheriffs Association.

The 2013 SDHS grad was awarded a $500 scholarship from the state’s Sheriffs Association, this on the heels of another $500 scholarship he received from the Greensburg Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) last week. Graue was one of three local students to receive the FOP scholarship.

In order to earn one the Sheriffs Association’s annual scholarships — which are awarded to only 40 high school seniors throughout the state — a student must be seeking a career in law enforcement. Additionally, a committee responsible for making the selections considers academics, a student’s extracurricular activities and other factors before deciding upon a winner. All applicants must also submit an essay.

Graue is the first Decatur County student selected for the scholarship since Greg Allen began his tenure as sheriff in 2011.

Patrick’s recent honors courtesy of the Sheriffs Association and FOP will essentially cover the cost of his books at IUPUI this fall. The SDHS grad plans to major in Criminal Justice, eventually pursuing a career as a police officer.

Patrick hopes that path leads him back home, as a deputy with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department. A lifelong resident of the Tree County, Graue has set his sights on serving the community in which he’s spent the entirety of his 18 years in the world. To that end, Graue has participated in police ride-alongs, become proficient with firearms and is well on his way to being an accomplished scuba diver.

“I love Decatur County; I always wanted to be a police officer,” said Graue. “I love helping people as much as I can.”

Ultimately, Patrick hopes to follow up a long career in law enforcement by being elected Decatur County Sheriff himself someday — a far-future goal he hopes to spend a career endeavoring to accomplish.

The man who currently occupies that seat spoke highly of Patrick Wednesday.

“I’m proud of him,” Sheriff Allen told the Daily News. “I’ve known his family for years. He’s a good kid and I’m sure he’s going to make a good officer someday.”

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056